What exactly is ‘grey area boozing,’ and how can you tell if you have a problem with it?
THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS CHANGED MANY OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALCOHOL, and some of those relationships have persisted now that the restrictions have been lifted.
However, if your drinking has gradually increased, you may have entered a ‘grey area’ when it comes to drinking.
Grey area drinking isn’t a medical term, but it’s a term that experts in the field have long used to describe people who have had doubts about their drinking habits.
According to the NHS, men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week.
To put that into perspective, one unit equals a small glass of wine, while two units equal a pint of low-alcohol beer.
It was previously revealed that British people drank their way through the Covid pandemic, with alcohol sales increasing by 55% when people were forced to stay indoors.
During the pandemic, data revealed that alcohol-related deaths increased by 20%.
Drinking becomes a problem for most people when it affects their relationships, their work, or how they think and feel.
Others, on the other hand, can function with alcohol, and one expert claims that ‘grey area drinking’ is the middle ground between the two extremes.
Someone who drinks heavily is one extreme, while someone who drinks only a few times a year is the other, according to health coach Jolene Park.
“The reality is most people don’t drink in either of those extreme categories,” she said in an interview with the Huffington Post.
In the grey area, they drink.”
“Every time I see one of my clients, they tell me how well they work.”
They don’t always have external consequences or stories, but they do have internal doubts.
“Pay attention to that right there, where there’s that inner knowing.”
Grey area drinking is highly individualistic; some people may only drink excessively in social situations, while others may drink in a different way than before.
This could include drinking as a coping mechanism or a release.
Many people may not realize they have a problem because they don’t fit the stereotype of a drinker.
If you think you might have a drinking problem, it’s critical that you take action and get the help you need.
Many people are reflecting on their relationship with alcohol, according to Rochelle Knowles, a certified life coach specializing in habits and health.
Because this is the first holiday season that feels ‘normal,’ the coach believes there may be a temptation to get caught up in the excitement.
This could be dangerous for those who drink primarily in social situations and fall into the grey area…
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